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Clarissa's Comfort Food [Hardcover]

Clarissa Dickson Wright
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4 Sep 2008
Comfort food can restore body and mind. Whether it is the beginning or the end of a hectic day, we often turn to food for comfort and pleasure as well as nourishment. Clarissa Dickson Wright, the knowledgeable gourmet, has selected 100 of her favourite recipes to create an eclectic and inspirational collection of dishes for you to enjoy at home. People are becoming increasingly aware of the advantages of home-made, simple food that will nourish friends and family instead of choosing a take-away or buying meals that are often full of chemicals and hidden nasties. There is a desire to go back to basics and cook food that is delicious, often cheap to create, and easy to make. Clarissa has revived and simplified old classic recipes that have stood the test of time as well as presenting original recipes that have been inspired by her travels around the world. Not only are you offered warming classics such as Sausage Casserole or Fish Pie as well as more exotic dishes such as Partridge with Dates and Walnuts and gorgeous puddings like Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding, but Clarissa also entertains and informs the reader with her witty, historical and often nostalgic introductions. This is a personal collection, but a fascinating one that will inspire and delight.


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; 1st edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185626713X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856267137
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clarissa Dickson Wright found fame alongside Jennifer Paterson as one half of the much-loved TV cooking partnership Two Fat Ladies. She is the author of the bestselling memoirs Spilling the Beans and her latest, Rifling Through My Drawers, as well as many cookery books including Clarissa's Comfort Food and the soon to be published Potty - Clarissa's One Pot Cookbook. She is also a passionate supporter of the Countryside Alliance and of rural life and lives a little in London but mostly in Scotland.

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About the Author

Clarissa Dickson Wright, formerly of 'Two Fat Ladies' fame, has nine cookery books, one Food Anthology and an autobiography to her name. She co-authored the bestselling The Game Cookbook, A Greener Life and Sunday Roast for Kyle Cathie.

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort food indeed! 20 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book to get me through winter - i wanted to try some homely, traditional recipes from Clarissa after being impressed by her book Sunday Roast. I was not disappointed. I've not tried all the recipes yet, but the bread and butter pudding, fish stew and cornish pasties are all fantastic, as well as being really simple and fairly quick to prepare.

Thanks Clarissa!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep it simple! 28 Aug 2009
By Suave
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I absolutely love this cook book. Everything is so simple and that's what good food should be. The instructions are so clear and it shows that you can make a good meal from very simple ingredients. I especially love her oriental seafood soup, salads and starters selection. I was hoping for a bit more recipe in deserts session but that's just me! I've got a sweet tooth. The other thing I like about this book is the design and presentation. It's absolutely top-notch. Why don't many writers adopt the similar styles, I wonder? It would have been more appealing if all the recipe has got a picture inside the book. But the photos inside the book here are also wonderful. I recently bought so many cookery books and most of them end up on my coffee table rather than taking it into the kitchen and start cooking using the recipe from the books. It's because many celebrity chefs these days write intricate recipe which are more suitable for 3 or 4 stars restaurants rather than cooking at home. People DON'T have time to cook this kind of complicated stuff these days. BUT this book by Clarissa makes you want to get into the kitchen and start from basis of cooking. That's a sign of good cookery book. It makes you want to do it because it makes it sound so easy and effortless and above all, the recipe are healthy, wholesome and homely cooking. Nothing can beat that!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food we want to eat 2 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
As a cookbook junkie with around 150 of the things sitting about the house, I am pleased to say this book is one of the most useful I own. The food is simple to prepare and every dish I have made from the book has been well received by my husband and 3 fussy teenagers.

I love the way Clarissa has simplified many classic recipes. Highly recommended.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort without boredom 19 Mar 2010
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I often used to think that comfort food was boring, but not any more. The book is well laid out and divided into the following chapters:

Breakfast
Soups
Starters
Salads
Noodles, Past & Rice
Fish
Meat
Poultry and Game
Vegetables
Puddings and Baking

Whilst it contains a number of traditional comfort recipes such as Lancashire Hotpot and Fish Pie, there are also some more unusual ones like Onion, Aniseed & Tomato Soup, Cretan Rabbit Pie and Fuzdah's Eggs.

My only negative comment is that not every recipe is illustrated. Personally, I do not find this a problem (hence the full 5 stars), but having read many reviews on other books of the same genre, this can be a disappointment to those who like to see 'what a recipe should look like'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secondhand but not second class. 10 May 2014
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Fantastic way to buy cookbooks at a very good price. Super book , lovely recipes and excellent condition . Will buy like this again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good but over complicated recipes 19 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Not always my idea of comfort food to be honest, which is to say I didn't think the actual recipes looked terribly easy for someone of very limited culinary talents, i.e. me. And needless there was little of the great and dearly departed lady herself. Nevertheless it joins my small assembly of cook books and at some point I'm sure I'll use one of Clarissa's recipes.

Yorkshire Pete
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! 30 Jun 2013
By Grandma
Format:Hardcover
Every now and again I am lucky enough to catch an episode or two of the fascinating British cookery show, Two Fat Ladies. In each episode Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson set off for a day of cooking on a vintage motorcycle with side car. Their travels take them far afield, to farm and garden, shore and pond, and usually end with the two of them cooking a meal in the kitchen of some famous old home, often on an Aga.

As many of you know, I am a life-long collector & reader of cookbooks. (Sometimes I even cook from them!) Over the years I've acquired a few books from the far flung corners of the British Empire, but the last several years I've found myself actively collecting books from the "greats" of UK and Australian cooking - Darina and Mrytle Allen, Margaret Fulton, Elizabeth David and even a Nigella & Jaime Oliver or two. I've recently acquired Clarissa's Comfort Food from a UK-based seller, something I prefer as I am then guaranteed to get the book as it was published in the UK rather than some cobbled together "translation" that invariably is riddled with error. I am delighted!

As those who have read Clarissa's two autobiographies, Spilling the Beans and Rifling Through My Drawers know, Clarissa spins quite a yarn. Clarissa's Comfort Food is certainly no exception.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cook book
I come back to this book often for recipes. Recipes are packed with flavour - really delicious food. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Diane Harkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Clarissa
Clarissa writes in such an engaging way, with an obvious delight in everything she cooks. This book is attractively illustrated, and is ideal for those wishing to cook and bake... Read more
Published 16 months ago by sylvia hebden
4.0 out of 5 stars Good cook book
Title describes the recipes inside ideally,plenty of mouth watering meals that are easy to prepare for the home cook to create.
Published 16 months ago by mr l butlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Comfort Food
Somne excellent recipes, particularly if you are looking for something out of the ordinary or a bit special. Well worth a look.
Published 18 months ago by Eusebius
5.0 out of 5 stars Food that warms the cockles!
I was introduced to this book by a friend of mine and loved it so much I decided to buy it for myself! Read more
Published on 15 July 2012 by T. McAulay
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Book
Bought this book from Clarissa herself, direct at a local farm that she was visiting. She signed it for me which is wonderful. (P.S. Also, God bless Jennifer). Read more
Published on 8 July 2012 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent recipes
This book is a true reflection of Clarissa`s warm and honest personality. Some excellent recipes, we will try loads of them, especially those that take us back to our childhood.
Published on 23 Jun 2012 by Mme Linda Pountney
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I have not yet tried a lot of the recipies, but they look good. There are many pictures, but not one for every recipe.
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by Pernille
5.0 out of 5 stars A real comfort!
An excellent book especially when one is feeling low! The recipes bring water into your mouth and you want to get cracking at making them.
Published on 2 Oct 2011 by Jeannette
1.0 out of 5 stars Second Rate
This is a second rate production. Probably a potboiler! The recipes are uninspiring, the photography amateur and murky, and the layout unreadable because of old-fashioned reversing... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2011 by L M Haynes
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